British construction and engineering company BAM Nuttall has been selected by Leeds City Council as one of two construction partners to deliver the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP).
LPTIP is part of the long-term Connecting Leeds transport strategy to improve the transport network in the city and connectivity with the wider Leeds City Region.
BAM Nuttall will be responsible for the design and construction of the bus priority corridor and park and ride schemes. The contract secured by BAM Nuttall is worth £90m.
Another partner, John Sisk & Sons, will carry out the other LPTIP package that focuses on works in and around the city centre.
BAM Nuttall’s package includes five key road and bus routes in the city in addition to new and enhanced park and ride facilities and upgrades.
The strategy is aimed at making travelling in and around Leeds reliable and enjoyable and to make using public transport more attractive.
It intends to maximise the space and efficiency of the road network for all users, by providing enhanced cycling and walking facilities, as well as improving air quality through reduced congestion in the city.
The programme is funded through the Department for Transport, Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
BAM Nuttall divisional director Gareth Farrier said: “BAM Nuttall is delighted to be a part of Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme. It’s extremely satisfying to maintain and grow our presence, along with our designers Mott MacDonald, in such a vibrant and ambitious city.
“We are excited at the prospect of working collaboratively with the council and all of the other stakeholders to deliver their vision, and to have a positive influence on the lives and futures of the people connected with Leeds through smart and sustainable engineering.”
Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “The idea behind the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme and the Connecting Leeds strategy is for continuous improvements to be carried out across our transport network to make a real and meaningful difference for everyone travelling in our city and better connectivity with the wider region.”
Image: Artist’s impression of the Leeds park and ride scheme. Photo: Courtesy of BAM Nuttall.